Deer Grove Loop

Deer Park, Illinois

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Nearly a century after its creation, the oldest forest preserve in Cook County is arguably its most popular. Beloved by hikers, cyclists, campers, skiers, equestrians—and even model plane enthusiasts—the tranquil woods of Deer Grove are one of the few tracts of real wilderness in Illinois, spared from the farming industry thanks to its early purchase in 1916. This steady walk through shady oaks and hickories takes you through the denser, quieter western side of the preserve for an intimate look at an unspoiled forest.

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"Nearly a century after its creation, the oldest forest preserve in Cook County is arguably its most popular. Beloved by hikers, cyclists, campers, skiers, equestrians—and even model plane enthusiasts—the tranquil woods of Deer Grove are one of the few tracts of real wilderness in Illinois, spared from the farming industry thanks to its early purchase in 1916. This steady walk through shady oaks and hickories takes you through the denser, quieter western side of the preserve for an intimate look at an unspoiled forest."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Deer Park
Distance: 5.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Deer Grove Preserve
Local Maps: USGS: Lake Zurich, IL
Driving Directions: Directions to Deer Grove Loop

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May 2018